I'm Stephanie Kordan, photographer, writer, blogger and plant-based chef. I'm also Instagram-obsessed! I love pancakes, matcha lattes, vegan desserts and farmers' market veggies. Read on for the rest!
Hi there, I’m Stephanie...
Most days you can find me in the kitchen creating something delicious to eat. I’m mostly known for my food blog The Sensual Foodie, which started out of my little kitchen in a tiny apartment way back in 2011. I just wanted to write about something I loved.
The things I am most passionate about in life are painting, writing, cooking, and taking photos along the way. I’m also into reading books about from inspirational to fiction and poetry, or anything else that sparks creativity. I do love literary quotes, and can spend hours searching for the best ones to use as captions for Instagram posts.
I enjoy inspiring people to be creative in the kitchen and open to trying something meatless, whether it’s a plant-based take on mac-n-cheese, baking without eggs and dairy, how to make veggie “meatballs” and burgers, discovering the local farmers’ market for seasonal finds, or getting into making matcha lattes at home (with homemade almond milk, of course).
I work with brands that I personally use, and enjoy promoting products in the most authentic way. I also photograph food, develop plant-based recipes, and style my own food photos.
I coach people who want to craft their Instagram feed as a professional portfolio for their career, products, ideas and dreams. Using my artistic background, a love of color, creative insight and experience, I guide entrepreneurs, bloggers, and business-focused people on how to brand their ‘gram.
As a food critic and writer, I appeared on MasterChef, as well as a new upcoming tv show with Chef Gordon Ramsay. I’ve photographed and written about the best vegan ramen, Asian desserts, and Chinese dumplings in Los Angeles. I’ve also written about Napa Valley wines, matcha tea, and Koreatown spas.
When I’m not busy taking hundreds of photos of food and writing recipes, you can find me lingering in a favorite tea house with a frothy matcha latte.
I live in Los Angeles with my three children. We all love our cozy three bedroom house with a backyard garden, and are planting our first lettuces and herbs in spring. My two girls want to create a fairy garden with seashells and rocks from the beach, while I have designs to plant more climbing vines and a Meyer lemon tree.
1) I’m just an introvert learning how to come out of my shell! I was the tallest, longest, lankiest shy girl in elementary school that played the string bass and wore sparkly multi-colored knee socks with true panache. I also wore glasses and rainbow-unicorn-purple anything.
2) I studied French classic cooking and pastry in my 20s, because I wanted to learn how to cook. I suppose starting off with cooking basics would have been essential, but I just jumped right into making puff pastry, eclairs, genoise, and crème brûlée like it was no big deal.
3) My first love was the piano. I began classical piano lessons at 6 years old, but even though I played Chopin, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart and Brahms, I never learned how to properly read music. My ear is so strong, and so is my memory. I faked reading music until things got more complicated and my teacher noticed that I didn’t turn the pages.
4) I speak and understand elementary level Japanese. I can also read hiragana and katakana. It’s one of my goals to become fluent and travel to Japan.
5) I’ve lived in artist lofts in downtown Los Angeles before they were hip (and heated). Way before the trend, I lived in an artist’s loft near Chinatown. It was huge, with brick walls, high ceilings, skylights, and concrete floors. My paintings were all on large custom-made canvases. My kitchen had a Wolf range, a sub-zero fridge, a long butcher block prep island, a few KitchenAid mixers, and all of the restaurant supply kitchenware I could ever dream of. Why oh why did I ever move?
6) At 25, I decided to hop on an Amtrak train and take it cross country. I went from Los Angeles to New Mexico, and all the way to Chicago, D.C., stopped in rural Virginia at a quaint B&B, went along the east coast down to Florida, then through the south, stopping in New Orleans, where I eventually moved — and lived in a historical mansion along the streetcar line.
- elizabeth gilbert